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Managing Stress - Wellness

We all have daily stress but health experts say there are quick ways to minimize your stress throughout the day. Sarah Mitchell, a health and wellness coordinator with Lee Health, says exercise, nutrition, and sleep all play a vital role in keeping you stress free. “In order to talk about stress management I like to talk about the whole wellness wheel because there are so many factors that go into stress because we all have stress, it’s not just stress, it’s how we react to stress.”Quick and simple tricks to coping with stress can include minimizing your sugar intake, making sure you’re staying hydrated, and practicing slow breathing exercises. “You really want to focus on your breathing, taking four breaths in, maybe holding your breath for seven seconds, and then letting that breath out for eight strong seconds. You always want to make sure the exhale is longer and it just brings you to a place in your body that’s relaxing and you’re not so overwhelmed with the day to day stresses,” said Mitchell.Making sure you’re eating nutritious meals and snacks are also important. “Diet plays a really big part because you can be reaching for things that are going to bring you up instantly to feel good to forget about the stress,” said Mitchell.Healthy foods combined with daily exercise can also help manage stress. “Physical activity is the number one thing that can really just take away the daily stress and that’s usually the stuff that’s compounding on us,” said Mitchell.Most importantly, make time for yourself to do something you enjoy. “It boils down to a lot of time. Time is the number one reason we are not physically active, but if you look at the word time, the word me is in it. So I like to remind people that you need to prioritize yourself,” said Mitchell.Making sure you’re getting enough activity, nutrition, and sleep every day will help improve your overall health and reduce your daily stress.View More Health Matters video segments at LeeHealth.org/Healthmatters/Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care.Visit LeeHealth.org